Storyline: Marc Gasol Trade?

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Gasol’s demeanor said it all even before he opened his mouth. Gasol appeared jovial and jokingly responded to questions throughout his session with the media. But he didn’t play around when asked if he’s happy in Memphis. “For sure,” Gasol said. “I’m very fortunate to do what I do and represent the city that I love. I’ve been here now for 10 years with this team. I’m really happy.”

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Gasol provided reassurance and revealed that he regularly talks to team majority owner Robert Pera. Gasol also revealed that he suffered a mild ankle sprain near the end of EuroBasket. The injury isn’t serious. “My body feels really good,” Gasol said. “It was a freak accident. A guy dived for the ball and landed on my leg. It was kind of a sprain on my left ankle but it’s fine. For 15-20 minutes, I wasn’t sure if I would continue to play but it worked out great.”

That probably depends on who is available. The trade market for stars has momentarily dried up. One player worth keeping an eye on, two league executives told The Vertical: Memphis’ Marc Gasol. The Grizzlies lost Zach Randolph, Tony Allen could be next out the door, and if you were filling out your Western Conference playoff bracket today, Memphis probably wouldn’t be in it. Would the Grizz move the 32-year-old Gasol for a ready-made rebuilding package of players and picks? Would Boston – which has to be wary of putting together a team that would beat Cleveland but still get pulverized by Golden State – be interested? Again, worth watching.
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November 17, 2017 | 10:03 pm EST Update